Rendering of hybrid battery-electric ferries (Source: Oma Baatbyggeri)

Oma Baatbyggeri will construct hybrid electric fast ferries

Norwegian yard Oma Baatbyggeri has signed a contract with Norwegian shipping company Norled AS for two hybrid battery-electric fast ferries of 30m length. They will carry 70 passengers at a service speed of about 22 to 25 knots.

In the near future, the yard also expects to sign a contract with Norwegian customer Floro Skyssbat AS for the delivery of one further vessel. All three vessels will operate in route package 2 (RP2) in Sogn og Fjordane in Norway.

The RP2 boats are based on the combi catamaran concept from Oma Baatbyggeri with capacity to carry a truck of 20 tonnes, alternatively it can carry 7 passenger cars in combination with 70 passengers. The ferries are delivered with hybrid battery-electric propulsion systems. In contrast to previously delivered vessels with conventional propulsion, this means the boats can run with zero emissions of carbon dioxide and 100% electric operation in most of the routes which they will operate.

With this order, Oma Baatbyggeri has enough contracts to provide work up to November 2023.

Shipbuilding
Article Editorial staff Ship&Offshore
Article Editorial staff Ship&Offshore